Senate Intel Panel Endorses US Spies' Finding That Russian Attack Aided Trump

Hugh Fox
May 17, 2018

Other attendees of the meeting provided a very different account of Kushner's role, however, according to transcripts of interviews released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

The House report had argued that the intelligence community "did not employ proper analytic tradecraft" in gauging Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions.

Among the documents released was a transcript of the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the President's son, Donald Trump Jr, who attended the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower in NY, the U.S. media reported.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated Russian Federation "didn't like Hillary" and was "trying to help" Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 election, and increased their efforts when then-candidate Trump became the "central figure" for the GOP.

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting previous year, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing.

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Goldstone said that Trump Jr. told Veselnitskaya to raise her concerns about the Magnitsky Act "to the Obama administration because they actually are in power" before ending the meeting.

House committee Republicans concluded their investigation with a finding that the Trump campaign had committed no wrongdoing in 2016 and that its contacts with Russians were simply "ill-advised". "Their efforts to hide the meeting and its true goal are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation".

"I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting", Kushner said in a July 2017 statement to congressional committees.

Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, left, and pageant owner Donald Trump point to each other while posing for a photo after the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow on November 9, 2013. During his two years as ambassador, Mr McFaul recalled, only three Americans outside of the government got an audience with Mr Putin: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; then-ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, who would become Mr Trump's first secretary of state; and actor Steven Seagal, known for his outspoken support for Mr Putin. "He was nearly like lying there, like, you know, on his phone, and it's through the whole meeting", Akhmetshin said.

"Every billionaire who comes to Moscow wants to meet with Putin and majority don't get the chance", Mr McFaul said. "I'm not sure that the House was required to substantiate every conclusion with facts, " Burr told reporters last week, promising the Senate panel would "have the facts to show for" its conclusions. Emin Agalarov informed them that an official request would have to be made in writing by Trump and delivered through Aras Agalarov.

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A "number of documents" suggest "the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign", the report from ranking member Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, says.

"A lot of Russian words" were exchanged, Goldstone recalled.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee agreed. As Mother Jones noted, the testimony painted a picture of Trump "fixated" on meeting with Putin and crushed when the Russian president did not have time for him.

Mr Trump did not make it to Mr Agalarov's party in Moscow.

Trump Jr. replied to the email, saying, "If it's what you say I love it". None has wavered from the conclusions about Russian interference in the election, according to senators who were in the room.

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